Monday, August 20, 2012

50th party blog guest - Jennifer Taylor

I first met Jennifer Taylor when I was a wet-behind-the-ears newbie M&B Meds author, and she was immensely kind and sweet to me (especially as I was a bit overawed, meeting someone whose books I’d read and loved). We don’t get to see each other that often, but when we do it’s as if we last saw each other the previous day. And we can talk and talk and talk :o)

So, over to Jennifer:


I am delighted to be here, helping the lovely Kate Hardy celebrate the publication of her 50th title for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Not only is Kate one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, but she writes wonderful books, too. I’m sure her 50th is going to fly right off the shelves - I have already reserved my copy!

Now I have a confession to make at this point; I love celebrations and here in the U.K. we have been doing a lot of celebrating recently because we are hosting the 2012 Olympics. It’s the bit I enjoy best, that moment when the medal winners step up onto the podium and receive the acclaim they deserve. Obviously, it’s great if it’s a member of Team GB who has won a medal but I have to say that I derive as much enjoyment from watching competitors from other countries celebrate their success. There’s tears, laughter, relief - the whole gamut of emotions. I have to admit that I’ve shed a tear or two along with them!

Celebrations mark milestones in people’s lives. A wedding, a christening, a birthday or anniversary are all good reasons to celebrate with those closest to us. When I look back on the events I have celebrated, it always makes me smile and feel uplifted. My birthday when, unbeknown to me, my husband arranged for everyone to be served Champagne at a black-tie dinner we attended. Fabulous!

My daughter’s wedding, held in Thailand, was another wonderful occasion. (That's me, second from left.)

Then there was the cruise Bill and I took to celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary. We renewed our vows on board the ship, standing side by side under a tropical moon. It’s a memory I shall always cherish.

So today as I help Kate celebrate this milestone in her career, I have the perfect excuse to remember all the wonderful things that have happened in my life.
Jennifer Taylor.

Have you celebrated an occasion that was particularly dear to you? I’d love to hear your stories. There’s a signed copy of Gina’s Little Secret for the person who makes me smile (or cry!) the most.


Liz Fielding said...

Lovely pictures, Jennifer!

Sharon Kendrick said...

Jennifer, these photos are scrumptious - your daughter's wedding looks as if it was lifted straight from the pages of a romantic novel!

I recently celebrated a friend's birthday in italy, eating a long, long lunch by an amazing swimming pool which overlooked olive and pomegranate trees, while Lake Trasimeno glittered provocatively in the sunshine.

Congratulations on your wedding anniversary - and also to Kate for reaching such an impressive milestone. :-)

Eli Yanti said...

I don't think i have it, just a simple party :)

Rena George said...

Glorious romantic wedding piccies and anniversary photos.Thank you for such an uplifting post, Jennifer.
And hugs to Kate for that truly magnificent achievement of 50 books...amazing!

Desere said...

Truly touching post thank you for sharing. Yes I have we held a very special party when my dad came home after working in Iraq for 4 years. It was 4 very long years,I did not read the newspapers or listen to the news I was always too affraid that I would see things that happen over there that would scare me more and I always feared when the phone rang ..bad news.

So yes we celebrated in style when my dad came home for good my dad is very dear to me and we have always had a very special daughter father bond.

Thank you for the very lovely giveaway.

Caroline said...

Lovely photos Jennifer. My parents' 50th Wedding anniversary was pretty special I must admit. But mum's insisted on no surprise parties so we had a lovely meal out - just the 4 of us. 50 must be a lucky number - Kate's 50th book, my mum and dad's 50th, and guess who's 50 in March next year! Yup me - gulp! Caroline x

bn100 said...

The wedding looked lovely.

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. I have masses of photos stored away in the house, lovely reminders of happy times that I would never part with. I love to look back and remember all the good times, and take more photos of the great things that are happening all the time. I just wish I was a better photographer!

Anonymous said...

Desere, I love your story about celebrating your father's safe return from Iraq. If you would forward your address to Kate then I shall send you a copy of Gina's Little Secret.

Much love to you and your family.

Desere said...

Oh thank you so much this is incredible,thank you for your kind words and for making my day I cannot wait for my copy to arrive.

God bless